JKLF leaders, activists stage protest
SRINAGAR: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik has termed the recent arrest of resistance leaders by NIA and ED as a ploy to defame and nullify the “sacred” freedom movement of people of Jammu Kashmir by linking it with corruption.
As per a statement, JKLF leaders and activists staged a peaceful protest at Lal Chowk against NIA arrests and against suspending of life sentence of five army personnel convicted by a general court martial in Machhil “fake” encounter.
Terming the NIA and ED arrests and ongoing media trial as “fake and gobbles like tactic”, JKLF chairman said Indian agencies and its “biased” media at the behest of government are trying to portray the resistance movement of Kashmiris as being sponsored and corrupt. “Indian state machinery, their biased media and their agencies are actually abusing whole Kashmiri nation by casting doubts on our integrity, our blood soaked freedom struggle and our new generation,” he said.
“It is actually an old tactic of colonial and occupational forces to defame people in resistance by labelling them as corrupt and casting shadows on their integrity. History bears witness to the fact that such mean and oppressive tactics always fail to break the will and resolve of people who have decided to fight for their freedom and self-determination,” Malik said.
He said from last 70 years, India “killed lakhs, maimed, blinded, arrested, tortured and oppressed thousands” in Jammu Kashmir but has failed to put Kashmiris into submission. “Now they have started this new NIA and ED onslaught which is also bound to fail.”
Terming the suspension of life sentence of five army personnel involved in Machil fake encounter as “travesty of justice and real model of Indian democracy for Kashmir”, Malik said the decision has “actually vindicated our stand that Indian only treats Jammu Kashmir as its colony and people of Jammu Kashmir as its subjects who have no human rights”.
Meanwhile, JKLF leaders and activists took out a protest march from Madeena Chowk towards Budshah Chowk. Holding placards and banners against NIA “terrorism” and other “oppressive” measures, the protesters raised pro-freedom slogans.